IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: lizardfish (English), chile (Espanol), garrobo (Espanol), lagarto (Espanol)
Synodus sechurae Hildebrand, 1946

Iguana lizardfish,     Sechura lizadfish

Body elongate, its depth 7.4-9.7 in SL; eye small; snout moderately long, not sharply pointed; lower jaw not ending in a fleshy knob; mouth large, slightly oblique, at front;  many rows fine pointed teeth on jaws, tongue and (in 1 band) on side of roof of mouth; gill membrane under operculum with 15-18 rays; fins without spines; one dorsal fin in midbody, 11, with a small skin-flap fin behind it above anal fin,  dorsal fin origin slightly further from adipose fin than snout tip; anal fin 12 rays, its base ~ equal to base of dorsal fin; pectorals long, reaching base of pelvic fin; pelvics on abdomen behind pectoral base, with 8 rays, inner rays distinctly longer than outer rays; scales smooth;  lateral-line scales 54-59; 4-5 scale rows between lateral line and base of dorsal fin; bases of rays of tail fin completely scaleless; lateral line straight, along entire body

Mottled brown on upper half, white below; a row of whitish spots a long the lateral line.

Size: attains 30 cm.

Occurs on open sandy and muddy bottoms.

Depth: 3-90 m.

Southern Baja to the central Gulf of California to Peru.


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